2024 Virtual Summit

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2024 Bridging the Gap Virtual Summit

Mental Health Academy will host the 2024 Bridging the Gap Virtual Summit to benefit the NBCC Foundation. This online conference will be held June 22–23, 2024, with on-demand access through Aug. 4, 2024.

The theme for the 2024 virtual summit is Empowering Voices and Expanding Access.

Earn up to 10 hours of NBCC continuing education credit by attending the live conference, viewing sessions on demand through Aug. 4, 2024, or a combination of both.

Learn from subject matter experts from all over the country about addressing the needs of underserved individuals and communities, including:

  • suicide prevention
  • culturally responsive counseling
  • action-oriented advocacy and collaboration
  • social justice interventions
  • working with immigrants
  • postpartum rage
  • many more topics focused on empowering voices and expanding access!



Starting at just $25, attendees choose how much they pay to access 10 real-time webinar sessions with on-demand access available through Aug. 4, 2024. A portion of the registration fee goes directly to bridge the gap in access to quality mental health services by supporting the NBCC Foundation’s scholarship and capacity-building programs.

Learn More and Register


(All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Recordings are available anytime on demand.)

Saturday, June 22, 2024

  • 9 am–10 am
    • Innovation and Inclusion: Future Directions in Health Equity and Mental Health presented by Masica Jordan Alston, MA, PhD, LPC, CPRS
  • 10:30 am–11:30 am
    • Destigmatizing Mental Health Practices: Addressing Challenges and Cultural Responsiveness With Immigrant Clients presented by Shama Panjwani, PhD, NCC, BC-TMH, CCMHC, ACS, LPC
  • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
    • No, I Am Not a Coach! I Am a Black Male School Counselor presented by Jamal Boudion, PhD, NCC, LPC
  • 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
    • Racial Macroaggressions, Racial Battle Fatigue, and Racism-Related Stress in Counseling presented by Dèsa Daniel, PhD, NCC, LMHC, Asia Lyons, EdD, and Diandra Walker
  • 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
    • Fostering Cultural Responsiveness With Haitian Immigrants presented by Danna Demezier, PhD, NCC, LMHC

Sunday, June 23, 2024

  • 9 am–10 am
    • Did That Just Happen? Intentionally Addressing and Repairing Microaggression Ruptures in Classrooms presented by Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, NCC, LPC
  • 10:30 am–11:30 am
    • Soul Cry: The Lived Experience of Moral Injury Among Black Male Police Officers in the Context of Undue Police Violence Against Black Citizens presented by Avery Rosser, PhD, NCC, ACS, LPC, CPCS
  • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
    • Seeing Red: Acknowledging, Addressing, and Treating Postpartum Rage presented by S. Anandavalli, PhD, NCC, LPCA, CCTP
  • 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
    • “I Want to Live as Long as I Can”: Supporting Older Adult Clients at Elevated Risk of Suicide presented by Afroze Shaikh, PhD, NCC, BC-TMH
  • 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
    • Culturally Responsive Counseling Supervision: Unpacking Bias and Increasing Self-Awareness in Case Conceptualization presented by Rhemma Payne, PhD, NCC, BC-TMH, ACS, LMHC

Continuing Education

At the end of the virtual summit, you'll receive a CE certificate for each session you’ve attended (live or on-demand). This is up to 10 NBCC continuing education credit hours.

Mental Health Academy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6535. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mental Health Academy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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